Head of Health & Safety

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Head of Health and Safety
Woodland House, Cardiff
£53,168 - £62,001 pa

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board was established in October 2009 and is one of the largest NHS organisations in the UK. We have a responsibility for the promotion of health and well-being of around 475,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, the provision of local primary care services, running of health centres, community health teams, hospitals – providing treatment and care when health and well-being isn’t the best it could be. We are increasingly focusing the planning and delivery of our care based on neighbourhoods and localities to help ensure people receive care as close to home as possible where it is safe and effective to do so. We also provide specialist services for people across South Wales and in some cases the whole of Wales.

The Health Board also serves a wider population of 2.5 million people across South and Mid Wales and manages a number of services of a regional and sub-regional nature namely cardiology, cardiac surgery, PICU, neurology, neurosurgery, medical genetics, bone marrow transplantation, renal transplant and toxicology.  On-site services include 24/7 PCI, stroke thrombolysis, ophthalmology, maxillo-facial, trauma, general medicine, general surgery, urology and paediatrics. 

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s hospital sites include: Barry Hospital, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Children’s Hospital for Wales, University Hospital Llandough, Rookwood Hospital, St. David’s Hospital, University Dental Hospital, and University Hospital of Wales.

Values & Behaviours

The Values into Action programme launched in Spring 2016, with six core values: Trust, Respect, Integrity, Care, Kindness and Personal Responsibility. These values were co-produced in line with the Health Board’s ten year Strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing.

‘Our Values into Action’ is about translating our values into the tangible behaviours we want to see from each other, and to inspire us to keep improving our patient and staff experience.

In 2016, we held a number of engagement events for staff and patients. Almost 3,000 contributions were made to the Health Board’s Values into Action project designed to examine the values and behaviours that staff and patients wanted to see.

This work has resulted in a set of revised values and a description of the expected behaviours which emphasise the importance of teamwork and our ambition to always improve; key issues that staff felt were missing from the original values.

The revised values are:

Kind and caring


Trust and integrity

Personal responsibility.

The Health Board needs to be sure that the staff they employ have values and behaviours that are aligned with those of the organisation thereby ensuring that appointees will be able to make an ongoing contribution to the positive culture of the organisation and meet the required standards of behaviour to patients, carers and the public and to one another.

It is therefore likely that interviewees will be asked questions which encourage them to talk about themselves and provide insight into their personal values and behaviours.

 NHS Wales Core Principles

The NHS is about people, working with people, to care for people.  NHS Wales values all its staff – from Wales, the UK, EU and non-EU foreign nationals.  As part of NHS Wales’ ongoing commitment to strengthen the values and behaviours of Health Boards and Trusts, the following Core Principles have been developed which further help staff respond better to the demands for its services:-

  • We put our patients and users of our services first
  • We seek to improve our care
  • We focus on wellbeing and prevention
  • We reflect on our experiences and learn
  • We work in partnership and as a team
  • We value all who work for the NHS

These Core Principles describe how everyone within NHS Wales is expected to behave and help us all to achieve the highest quality in everything we do.

THE ROLE       

Are you a Health and Safety leader who can be responsible for guiding an entire Organisation to adopt, implement and follow sound safety practices? Can you demonstrate a genuine concern for people? Do you have a pro-active approach to safety culture?

As Head of Health and Safety at Cardiff and Vale UHB you will lead on all Health and Safety Management strategies for the Health Board. Providing assurance to the Health Board regarding compliance with its Health and Safety statutory duties.

We are looking to recruit an experienced leader who can establish guidelines with a strong sense of responsibility and resilience; can develop, communicate and execute plans, anticipate potential risk and develop new ways of achieving the same outcomes putting rules and regulations aside using your level of competence and knowledge.

The right candidate will have extensive experience of working in the field of health, safety and risk management whilst also being able to demonstrate excellent people management skills, experience of managing a team is essential.


For an informal discussion, please contact the Goodson Thomas team on 029 2167 4422 or info@goodsonthomas.com.

To apply, visit https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/916102202


Deadline:            Monday 27 July 2020

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Head of Health & Safety
For an informal discussion and further details, please contact the Goodson Thomas team on 029 2167 4422
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